Welcome to Computing

KS3 Computing

Year 7 (1 Hour every 2 weeks)

AP1:  

E-Safety, Google Slide and Google sheets

AP2:

Scratch

Year 8 (1 Hour every 2 weeks)

AP1:  

Python

AP2:

Computing Basics:  How a computer works

Year 9 (2 Hours every 2 weeks)

AP1:

Introduction to computing

HTML Website Design

AP2:

System Security

Image Editing

KS4 BTEC Digital Information Technology

What is ICT?

The digital sector is a major source of employment in the UK. Around 1.46 million people work in digital companies and there are around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time. Digital skills span all industries, and almost all jobs in the UK today require employees to have a good level of digital literacy. The UK has positioned itself to be the ‘Digital capital of Europe’ as it continues to invest billions every year in digital skills and commerce. The modern world expects digital skills to be as important as English and Maths. Having both technical skills and business understanding is the key to success.

What will I study?

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

Learners will develop their understanding of what makes an effective user interface and how to effectively manage a project. They will use this understanding to plan, design and create a user interface.

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

Learners will understand the characteristics of data and information and how they help organisations in decision making. They will use data manipulation methods to create a dashboard to present and draw conclusions from information.

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

Learners will explore how organisations use digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use.

Topics

Modern Technologies

Impact of Modern Technologies

Threats to data

Prevention management and threats to data

Security policies

Responsible use of technology

Legal and Ethical; issues

Digital Communication

 

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

36 Guide learning hours

30%

Internal  Assessment

 

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

36 Guide learning hours

30%

Internal  Assessment

 

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

36 Guide learning hours

30%

External Assessment

 

GCSE Computing (OCR)

What is Computer Science?

You have grown up in a world where technology is evolving rapidly, creating new subject areas to explore and changing the way people work in every area from medicine and fashion to engineering and economics. So whatever your career plans, you know it’s vital to develop your grasp of these ideas and concepts that will shape your world.

In a nutshell, GCSE Computer Science explores the principles of digital technology and way of working that’s called ‘computational thinking’, with coding as a core of the course. You’ve got to be able to think logically, solve puzzles and be tenacious when the going gets tough. But it is also really creative and you’ll get a real buzz out of getting something to work yourself, especially when programming.

What will I study?

Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks  Network topologies
  • protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

 

Computational thinking

  • algorithms and programming
  • Algorithms 
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming Project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

How will I be assessed?

 

Computer systems  

50% of Exam

80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper (no calculators allowed)

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 

50% of Exam

80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper (no calculators allowed)

Programming Project

20 Timetabled hours

Formal requirement

Consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity.

KS5 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) looks at how computers are used in the modern world. It includes practical skills such as spreadsheets and databases alongside more theoretical topics such as hardware concepts in business and the legal and social issues around IT. This course is equivalent to one A-level and can be studied alongside two other subjects.

What will I learn about?

Year 12

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information  (10 Hour Controlled exam)

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business (Coursework)

Year 13

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems (exam) 

Unit 6: Website Development (Coursework)